Bell Canada 4G & LTE Wireless Network Coverage Maps
* Coverage shown is approximate and actual coverage may vary. Theoretical peak speeds may vary by region. Reception and expected speeds may vary due to topography, environmental conditions, device type and other factors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where does Bell's network cover?
Click the coverage map above to view in more detail.
Covering over 99% of the population, Bell offers more coverage with access to the largest 4G network in Canada. Bell's network never falls back to 2G. In February 2015, they launched LTE Advanced, the world’s fastest most advanced wireless technology, in select communities in Canada*. And with over 4,000 free Wi-Fi locations, they also offer all mobile users the largest Wi-Fi network across Canada.
* Communities include: Downtown Toronto, GTA, Downtown Halifax, Upper Hamilton, South Oakville, Flemming College, Eagles Glen Golf course, Prince Edward island and St. John's, Newfoundland.
What are EVDO and 1XRTT?
EVDO (Evolution Data Optimized) is an evolution of the CDMA (code division multiple access) wireless standard. It's the most prevalent 3G network across North America. 1XRTT is a slightly earlier technology. Further network technology evolutions after 1XRTT and EVDO include HSPA and HSPA+ (4G). Bell uses all these technologies in their networks, although different networks are available in different area. Use the coverage map at the top of this page to see the different coverage areas.
What is HSPA or HSPA+ (also known as 4G)?
Mobile network technology is constantly being improved, primarily to let you send and receive data faster. HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) is a mobile technology that allows for data transmission speeds up to 21 Mbps. HSPA+ (Also called Evolved HSPA or 4G) is a furtehr evolution of HSPA that offers data speeds up to 42 Mbps.
What is LTE and LTE Advanced?
LTE, or Long-Term Evolution, is the gold standard in wireless communication. Everything you do on the Bell LTE network will be faster and better.
LTE Advanced is an evolution of LTE, and is the fasterest and most advanced mobile technology in the world. LTE Advanced provides a turbo boost for data-intensive activities so that you can have faster download speeds and less buffering.
How fast is LTE Advanced?
Bell customers on the LTE Advanced network can enjoy download speeds of up to 290 Mbps (expected average speeds of 12-87 Mbps). When outside the LTE Advanced coverage areas, you'll have access to the LTE network. When outside the LTE network, you'll have access to the 4G HSPA+ network. Keep in mind that every device has a peak speed that it is capable of reaching. You can find your device's peak download speed when you view its specifications in our device section
How do I access Bell's LTE or LTE Advanced network?
To access the LTE-A network, you must have the following:
- LTE Advanved coverage
- LTE Advanced capable device (it does not have to have been purchased from Bell.)
- LTE SIM Card
If you have an HSPA+ or CDMA only device you will not be able to benefit from LTE speeds.
How much do long distance phone calls cost?
When selecting a Bell rate plan, they do have plans that include unlimited Canada-wide or unlimited calling to the US. So if you a frequent long-distance caller, these types of plans are probably a good option for yourself. You can view all of the Bell rate plans available in each province here
Can I travel to an international country with my Bell phone?
Yes. Your Bell LTE SIM Card will allow you to roam on 4G HSPA+ data networks in over 230 worldwide destinations! But you should consider purchasing a US or international Roam Better travel add-on
for your existing plan, so that you can save on roaming costs. If you do not purchase a roaming add-on service, you will be charged the current standard roaming rates